Welcome to the forum, @Sasha_D ! I’m glad you started this thread, there are a lot of lgbtq folks suffering from addictions indeed. It was the main reason for me to start using alcohol as an escape for sure. Needless to say it didn’t solve my problems, just made me unable to handle them. Living sober I got a chance to face my issues. It’s still not easy to deal with my shame and remorse and others’ rejection, but it gets better by time and work.